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The Safety Check Questions
(Also known as ‘Show me, Tell me’)
About the questions -
As from September 2003, the DSA introduced the safety check questions as part of the practical car test. They have become known as the “Show me Tell me” questions as there is one “Show me” question and one “Tell me” question.
They are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.
The questions were revised on 4th December, 2018 and the format changed to:
One ‘tell me’ question, where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task, at the start of your test, before you start driving
One ‘show me’ question where you show how you’d carry out a safety task whilst driving.
Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.
Both must be answered correctly to avoid receiving a negative mark by the examiner!
The ‘Tell me’ questions (before you start driving)
1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
(They are referring to the foot brake here!)
Explain that you would press the foot brake as you set off. You would expect:
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and then how tyre pressures should be checked.
Where do you find the tyre pressures?
Explain that they can be found in the Owner’s manual
(also inside driver’s door pillar on Suzuki Swift SZ-
How do you check the pressures in the tyres?
Explain that when tyres are cold, you would use a tyre pressure gauge to check the pressures. You then explain that if need be you would adjust pressures with an air line at a garage or an air pump at home.
3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
Explain that you would look to make sure:
(across the central three-
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle. (Headlights are at the front of the car and tail lights are at the back)
Explain you’d operate the switch (no need to turn on ignition on Swift), then explain that you would walk around vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
The ‘Show me’ questions (whilst driving)
“When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you”